Drinking Water During Pregnancy- Caution:Tap Water Ahead!

tap-waterI heard last week on the local news that the city has decided (again) to ‘add more fluoride’ to our local  water supply.

Most people are unaware of how these little additions…(told to us by the government that they will “help”) are actually very harmful to our body.

These added chemicals are supposed to keep the water source pure and clean. Make it sanitary they say.  However, these chemicals, get loaded up in our body and can actually cause problems for us.  Our body works in part as a filter.  Like any filter, you need to clean it and maintain it for the ‘filtering’ to be effective.  Too much toxic build up in the body from chemicals in our water can lead to joint pain, achiness, arthritis type symptoms and more.

For you and your growing baby, clean, pure, non chemically loaded water is important.

Below is an article that I wrote about two years ago which was originally published in the San Diego Family Magazine.  I share some of the info I learned about our tap water. It talks about another chemical, chlorine, in the water supply. The issue of more flouride in the water is similar to the chlorine. They are both useful in some applications in life- but harmful if ingested.

Hopefully the info in the article will help you too.  I share about how we made some adjustments to our whole house water supply after learning the details of what is in tap water. If you need an alternate solution for your water supply, here is another  resource for you:  Nature’s Spring RO Water Filter

Debbra Sweet

Caution: Tap Water Ahead!

By: Debbra Sweet

(c) 2007

Have you ever wondered why so many people don’t drink tap water? The reasons for this vary, but most say it’s because ‘the water doesn’t taste good’. Not surprisingly, your body knows what’s good for you. A recent water quality and safety study revealed that treated drinking water in the US often has higher chlorine levels in it than pool water!

As a mom with two young children, I found that information disturbing. I have always been an avid water drinker, but with the way our tap water tasted and smelled, I found myself drinking less. I even felt more tired and achy when I did. After I heard about the levels of contaminants in the average water piped into a house, I sought a solution—and now I want to share it with you.

Drinking Water Backgrounder
The following info should explain why your drinking water tastes funny: In 1974, Congress turned drinking water standards over to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA then established a national standard for allowable pathogen-causing bacteria and viruses in our drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 further reduced the allowable amount of microbial contaminants—and increased the levels of chemicals like chlorine, ammonia and chloramines in the water.

In 1996, the EPA reduced the 1986 levels by almost 80% more. These new requirements were mostly met by increasing the amount of chemicals in the water again.

This has left us with lots of chemicals in our water and researchers are saying has caused a significant health impact. In fact, the EPA has released a study which states ‘exposure to levels of disinfectants over long periods of time may cause health problems, including damage to blood and kidneys.’ (Source: United States Office of Water EPA 816-R-01-014, Environmental Protection (4606) June 2001 Agency, Page 4 Paragraph 6)

What’s A High Level and Why Should Moms Be Concerned?
Here in San Diego, most public pools maintain chlorine levels at 1.5 ppm (parts per million). Common free chlorine levels measured in drinking water throughout San Diego County are approximately 2.15 ppm (with chloramine averaging 4.5 ppm)—that’s a full 30% higher than swimming pool water (Source: City of San Diego Water Department: 2006 San Diego Annual Water Quality Report Pg. 9). Considering that the body is made up of over 70% of water, the very building-block for your health, these numbers are disturbing.

You might be saying, “Well, I only drink bottled water, so this doesn’t affect me.” Unfortunately, you’re not safe: The average person still ingests the equivalent of 8 glasses of unfiltered tap water/day. How can this be, you ask? The answer lies in a study done by Dr. Lance Wallace, a senior scientist at the EPA: he credits two thirds of our chlorine exposure to inhaling/absorbing it while showering.

Apparently, shower steam can contain up to 50 times the chemical levels of tap water because chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is more harmful since the inhaled chlorine gas (chloroform) goes into the blood stream. Inhaling chlorine has been shown to be a cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children. Also, many of the chemicals in drinking water are linked to everything from sinusitis, sore throat, lung, kidney, rectal & breast cancer.

Today’s Solution.
The best solution at this time is a whole house carbon water filtration system that automatically cleans itself via ‘backflushing’ water. These amazing filters process every drop of water that comes into your home.

With one of these filters, your water will now be free of carcinogenic disinfectants—so it will taste like ‘bottled-water’, you and your children won’t inhale/absorb chemicals in your shower, your hair and skin will feel softer and you’ll extend the life of your appliances and copper pipes.

Call the Experts
I found my solution after talking with ‘CleanWaterMike’ Felsburg, a representative for San Diego-based Aquasource. Aquasource is a pioneer in whole house water filtration systems and ‘CleanWaterMike’ is passionate and knowledgeable about finding solutions to attaining safe tap water.

He explained the differences in systems and the level of water quality I’d receive from them. There are a few different blends and grades of activated carbon: the lowest – bitmous, mid level – pharmaceutical grade and the best – catalytic grade carbon.

At the very least, you want a filter of 100% pharmaceutical grade carbon to remove most of the carcinogens. Pharmaceutical grade carbon will improve water quality but will only slightly reduce the amount of chloramine gases in the water. Catalytic grade carbon has a quicker reaction rate that significantly reduces the amount of chloramine gas in your water…which is the main disinfectant that municipalities use in the water.

With my house water filtered by an Aquasource catalytic grade carbon filter, we’ve noticing a huge difference in how our water tastes, smells, and feels. I’m using less soap and shampoos, cleaning is easier and we’re already feeling better. I’ve become spoiled!

When you learn about the chemical levels in today’s drinking water, there is a moment of shock. But then, if you’ve stopped drinking tap water long ago because of the taste, this information helps it all make sense. Although this information is unsettling, the situation and solution is easy—you have a choice. The first step is to decide how important it is to your family’s health and then whether to install an in-home water filtration system like they one my family chose from Aquasource. You’ll have peace of mind and the tap water will again taste like water should.

Debbra Sweet

Action Leadership & Health Coach

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Measuring for your postpartum belt is easy.

First step is to measure yourself with a tape measure around the widest part of your belly and then around your hips.

For getting the size of the Postpartum Belt, click here. You will find a sizing calculator from Ardyss.

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How do I find the best size for the Maternity Belt?

Measuring for your maternity girdle belt is easy.

First step is to measure yourself with a tape measure around the widest part of your belly and then around your hips.

For getting the size of the Maternity Belt, click here. You will find a sizing calculator from Ardyss.

Click on Women. Then Pick the product you wish to order: Girdle.

Enter in your measurements and it will show you which size to order and click calculate measure. Your best size will appear in the blue box on the right.

All orders for Ardyss will placed securely and directly through the manufacturers website you are linking to.

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From my personal experience, this is by far the best Prenatal Vitamin

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I used it during my pregnancy and so have many of my friends. We all had morning sickness and  each  of us experienced a reduction in nausea.

Myself- and many of my friends- actually found that changing our prenatal vitamins to Natures Prenatal stopped our morning sickness completely.

I can’t promise that it will do it for you too, but most of us have shared the same experience.

You will know that by using  this Prenatal Vitamin, you are not putting any toxins, chemicals or other harmful additives into your body!  This works so well that I also used it after my babies were born.  I continued using it while nursing. Occasionally, I still choose this as my daily vitamin because it’s so effective yet very gentle on the stomach.

From all my studies of the body, how it uses food and nutrients, and how it has to work very hard to remove toxins, chemicals and additives, I have come to the simple conclusion that most morning sickness is due to the body’s desire to remove as many toxins as possible so the baby can have a healthy, fertile ground to grow strong.

Most vitamins you buy today are chemically made. They do not contain real food stuff and nutrients. They are loaded with preservatives and additives that simply do not belong in the body!!  So, when we are prescribed prenatals from the doctor- most often- those are the most chemically manufactured ‘vitamins’ we can take!  It’s no wonder our body wants to get rid of them if we take them.

Vitamins that you buy off the shelf at the grocery store or discount center are not much better.  What goes into the vitamin begins with the purity of the raw material.  Where is the ‘natural product’ coming from? If the off the shelf vitamin claims to have ‘herbal’ ingredients… are they using the part of the plant that actually has the healing  and nurturing properties? Or, are they simply throwing any part of the plant into the formulation so they can put the plant name on the label? During the actual manufacturing process, what is being done to maintain the quality and potency of the vitamins, minerals and even herbs?

There is a HUGE difference in vitamins. Without writing a book on this subject alone- I can confidently say that Natures Sunshine Prenatal Vitamins are the purest, gentlest,most nutritionally dense prenatal supplements I have ever found. They are also amazingly affordable.  In fact, you’ll probably spend LESS on these than ones the doctor prescribes or what you find at the stores.

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1. Click on the add to cart button shown above.

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If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As an Herb Specialist with Natures Sunshine you get support and coaching from me and my team.

Note:  While you are pregnant, do not order Stimulating Herbs. These can be used after the baby is born- but not while you are pregnant.